Freshly baked scones slathered with strawberry jam and topped with cream are a definite drawcard at the Inyoni Creek village social held every six weeks, but the real crowd-puller is the chance to chat with friends and meet neighbours.
Dugald Paterson, a long-time resident of Rand Aid retirement village Inyoni Creek, last year added the event to the village calendar.
“The invitation by Dugald to residents to come down to the clubhouse for tea and scones is his way of getting people out of their cottages and socialising with each other. It is very well supported, with an average of 50 residents attending,” said Inyoni Creek manager Jenny Tonkin after the latest event, held on August 7.
Dugald dons an apron and with some assistance from other residents and a staff member or two, whips up generous batches of scones.
The initiative complements the Naked Chefs project which sees Dugald and a handful of other men from the village, cooking and serving a pub lunch each month to residents and invited guests from Rand Aid sister villages.